ERIC Number: ED461006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Welfare's Retreat from Education: Exploring the Impact of Massachusetts Welfare Reform on Adult Basic Education.
Conversations with seven Boston-area adult basic education (ABE) program coordinators revealed the severe adverse effects of Massachusetts' new restrictive welfare reform law on literacy education programs for the poor. The new law limits cash assistance to 2 years for most welfare recipients and requires most recipients whose youngest child is school age to do at least 20 hours per week of paid or unpaid (community service) work. As a result, the number of welfare recipients attending adult basic education programs has fallen in recent months. Education is no longer encouraged--and is often actively discouraged--for recipients of public assistance. The number of classes and slots at ABE programs funded by the state welfare department to provide educational services to clients has fallen. Child-care problems, paperwork problems, lack of uniformity in applying the provisions of the law, and absence of coordination among various social service systems contribute to push students out of education programs and into low-wage jobs. The new law has severely damaged ABE programs by loss of students and loss of funding. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Compliance (Legal), Educational Attitudes, Educational Environment, Literacy Education, Program Implementation, Public Policy, State Legislation, State Programs, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Work Attitudes
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts